Pompeo Buries The Two-State Solution With New U.S. Policy On Israeli Settlements

By Mitchell Plitnick In the latest reversal of long-standing United States policy in the Middle East, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo declared this week that Washington no longer views Israeli settlements in the West Bank as “inconsistent with international law.”

Israeli Settlement Defenders Once Again Turn To False Antisemitism Claims Amid European Court Decision

By Mitchell Plitnick  For many years, the Israeli government has waged what we might call a campaign of normalization regarding its military occupation of the West Bank. Israel has spared no effort to erase the demarcation between its internationally recognized… Continue Reading  

Changing Israel’s Behavior Will Require Much More Than Tinkering With Aid And Loan Guarantees

By Mitchell Plitnick Last week, I explained some of the mechanics of U.S. aid to Israel and why a president would find it difficult to use aid as leverage against Israel. I also explained why the traditional theoretical targets of… Continue Reading  

Leveraging U.S. Aid To Israel Won’t Be So Easy

By Mitchell Plitnick Not so long ago, a presidential candidate showing any hint that she would consider reducing aid to Israel was considered political suicide. Those days are over. This week, both Elizabeth Warren and Pete Buttigieg said they would… Continue Reading  

Progressive Foreign Policy In a Post-Trump World

by Mitchell Plitnick With impeachment filling the air and the 2020 election season starting to rev up, it’s a natural time to start thinking of a post-Donald Trump world. While defeating Trump is no sure thing despite his many scandals,… Continue Reading